Ohio Amish Under Investigation For Beard-Cutting

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Amish crime: a growing threat? First we had the buggy safety-triangle ring, and now we're contending with a group in Ohio who are under investigation for allegedly breaking into people's homes and cutting off their hair and beards. At least four sheriff's departments (!) are investigating members of the Amish community near Bergholz -- the so-called "Bergholz Clan" -- for cutting off the beards and hair of numerous victims, including a 13-year-old girl and a 74-year-old man.

Parts bolded to emphasize the creepiest aspect of this:

In Holmes County, a group of Amish men allegedly burst into a home and cut the hair off men and women inside and cut the beards off the men. Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly said the victims included a 13-year-old girl and a 74-year-old man. Zimmerly and one of his detectives were at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning gathering evidence from a truck and horse trailer that was believed to have been used in connection with the assaults Tuesday.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said there was an incident in Trumbull County about three weeks ago in which a group of Amish men and women from Bergholz went to a home in that county and cut the hair off men and women inside. Abdalla said hair from the victims was brought back to Jefferson County to prove to Sam Mullet, the bishop of the Bergholz group, that Mullet's orders concerning the hair cutting was followed.

Prosecutors are seeking assault and burglary charges for the suspects. What makes this an even bigger deal is that in most Amish churches, men and women are required to let their hair grow.

And you thought the Amish exotic animal fair was crazy.

[found via Gawker]

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Susan Jones
Susan Jones

As an "English" person who has spent her life surrounded by the Amish - this isn't even close to being funny or amusing.  There is real terror going on here and real human beings are living in fear and isolation.  The Amish aren't "Quakers" - they  WILL  take steps to defend themselves, I'm sure they already have.  You, Ms Gray, might want to tell the young teenage girl who had her hair cut off that it's no big deal - she was frightened to death.  The crimes being committed here are serious, kidnapping, assault, breaking and entering.  Very rare crimes for the normally quiet and law abiding Amish - not the least bit amusing.  For the Amish to reach out to law enforcement it must be awfully serious.  If you lived here in Ohio, you might actually find them deserving of admiration and respect.  We do here and we're worried for their safety.

Dennis
Dennis

Not the typical  Mullet tho, but without Christ & the Bible as our guideline, any of us are prone to indecent acts of violence & stupidity.                       I am also a Mullet, raised in the Amish tradition, Dennis

m.m.
m.m.

A friend of mine is related to this sam mullet so i know somewhat what going on.apparently this man has formed a cult of sorts where they no longer hold church services and do not follow the bible.to them sam is their "god".these people are in no way amish!no self respecting amish claim them as their brethren.in the words of an older amish man"they are not amish,i dont know what they are".there have been rumors for some time of murder and sexual abuse in this bergholz clan but authorities can do nothing since his followers refuse to admit anything amiss.probaly because they are scared for themselves and their family!I hope these recent happenings will have authorities step in and stop this sam maniac!i firmly believe his next step will be to have his followers kill those he has a beef with,if he hasnt done so already!

mrrad
mrrad

Mullet is a very very common name in Holmes county...trust me I live there.

Ciaran Ruane
Ciaran Ruane

Sam *Mullet* involved in a hair cutting scandal? You couldn't make it up!

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